Megachurches And The End

Bill J. Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School and noted church historian, gave a lecture the other night entitled “The Church: Joel Osteen, Mega-Churches and the Non-Denominationalizing of America.”

He said many interesting things, part of which includes the following:

For a variety of reasons, people are shunning traditional denominations in favor of huge nondenominational congregations across the country. . . The huge churches use marketing techniques, positive messages and ministries targeting specific age groups to draw their members, Leonard said.

Leonard sees younger clergy members shunning sectarian warfare in doctrinal issues and migrating toward ecumenism, a movement promoting unity among Christian churches or denominations. At the same time, some spiritual people now see themselves as “believers, not belongers” to a certain denomination, Leonard said.

“We wonder if it’s a new Reformation, or just a new ecumenical fad,” Leonard said.

Basically, his point is that the church is a slick marketing tool that has to do with getting people in the doors. In order to do this, they will forsake doctrine to create “unity.” Megachurches, in his opinion, are a major demonstration of ecumenical ideas and thus, in my opinion, saying that megachurches are aiding the coming of the One World Religion and the End of the World.

Wow, chew on that for awhile.

4 thoughts on “Megachurches And The End”

  1. 2nd Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    Wow.

  2. I agree with him. This is from Joel Olsteen on Larry King:

    Larry King: “Because we’ve had ministers on who said, your record don’t count. You either believe in Christ or you don’t. If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven. And if you don’t no matter what you’ve done in your life, you ain’t.”
    Joel Osteen: “Yeah, I don’t know. There’s probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you’re a believer in God, you’re going to have some good works. I think it’s a cop-out to say I’m a Christian but I don’t ever do anything…”
    Larry King: “What if you’re Jewish or Muslim, you don’t accept Christ at all?”
    Joel Osteen: “You know, I’m very careful about saying who would and wouldn’t go to heaven. I don’t know…”
    Larry King: “If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They’re wrong, aren’t they?”
    Joel Osteen: “Well, I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person’s heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity. So I don’t know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.”

    So he says nice encouraging things, but he’s making the gospel into a big bowl of milk-toast.

  3. Not sure this fits with this post: But I just got a catalog for church music that says on the back:
    “Mercy, Mercy! A benefit album for church musicians affected by natural disasters.”
    That made me laugh. Aren’t all churches affected by natural disasters? Namely, people?

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